NHS bidders answer call for service improvement
Three bidders have come forward to run a minor injury unit (MIU) in Devon after health bosses admitted they could not afford to provide an acceptable level of service.
A public consultation on the MIU service at Tiverton Hospital prompted the new clinical commissioning group to ask the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) to increase the service provision.
But the trust, which is currently responsible for the unit, said it was not financially viable to do so, leaving the future of the service in limbo.
The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) has tendered out the service from 1 April 2014.
John Finn, managing director of the eastern area of NEW Devon CCG, said: "The community has told us what they want to see at Tiverton MIU and we are commissioning a model of care which is consistent with this.
"We are pleased that three potential providers have come forward." The contract will run for two years.